Nagasaki JALT:

Using Mobile Devices in the EFL Classroom

Date: Saturday, October 12th, 2013 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: Bill Pellowe

Bill Pellowe will demonstrate four ways to use mobile devices in the classroom. His school has provided him with a classroom set of iPod Touch devices for his students, but these activities also work in BYOD ("bring your own device") classrooms, or with low-tech alternatives. He will bring 20 of these devices so that participants can experience the activities in a hands-on workshop environment.

  1. The first is an activity in which students collaborate to produce short, script-based videos. Working in pairs or in groups of three, students prepare a dialog to enact while the performance is captured on video. This type of performance pushes students to participate fully.
  2. The second is a project in which small groups create questions (either opinion surveys or trivia) for their classmates, write up their predictions about how their classmates will respond, and finally, compare the results with their predictions. Students use freely-available survey web apps to gather their data. The prediction stage and the final evaluation stage contribute towards critical thinking.
  3. The third is a demonstration of how mobile devices can be effectively used for gathering peer feedback on their classmates' speeches, presentations, and writing. Bill will discuss how data can be gathered and analyzed.
  4. Finally, the presenter demonstrates how to use freely-available quiz web apps to create mobile quiz activities from your current textbook materials, either in class or as homework. The benefits of assigning homework this way will be discussed.

Please feel free to bring your own mobile device to this workshop.

Organization: Nagasaki Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Nagasaki JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen (free for students)

Venue: Dejima Koryu Kaikan, 2-11 Dejima machi, Nagasaki shi map

Location: Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan


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